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NBC Sports Group surrounds week 1 of 2013 NFL season with 'NFL Kickoff 2013' and 'Sunday Night Football'

by jmaloni

Press release

Thu, Aug 29th 2013 02:40 pm
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"Sunday Night Football" (NBC logo)

Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take on Denver Broncos on Thursday, Sept. 5; New York Giants host Dallas Cowboys on debut of "Sunday Night Football" on Sept. 8

Debut of Carrie Underwood's "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night"

NBC Sports Group will surround the 2013 NFL season, which kicks off one week from today on NBC, with multi-platform coverage across its unprecedented portfolio of assets. NFL coverage will include live game presentation on NBC with "Sunday Night Football," the No. 1 show in primetime TV; pre-game coverage on NBC with "Football Night in America," the most watched pre-game show in sports; live streaming of "Sunday Night Football" for desktops and tablets on NBC Sports Live Extra; daily studio coverage on NBCSN with "Pro Football Talk"; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated "NFL Turning Point"; daily radio coverage on 339 NBC sports radio affiliates across the U.S.; local team coverage on 11 NBC Sports regional networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage on NBCSN with "Fantasy Football Live - Thursday Night!," and online through Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.

'NFL Kickoff 2013' and 'Sunday Night Football'

The NFL opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5, with "NFL Kickoff 2013" on NBC. Joe Flacco and the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff game. A pre-game concert will feature performances by Grammy-winning artist Keith Urban, from a specially constructed stage floating in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Coverage begins on NBC at 7:30 p.m.

"Sunday Night Football," the No. 1 primetime show on television, kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 8, when Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys host Eli Manning and the New York Giants from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with "Football Night in America," the most-watched pre-game show in sports.

Calling both games is seven-time Emmy-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL's premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the "Sunday Night Football" booth; and Emmy-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC's coverage of "NFL Kickoff 2013" and "Sunday Night Football" is led by Emmy-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy-winning director Drew Esocoff. "Sunday Night Football" has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years.

Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for "Sunday Night Football," on Sunday, Sept. 8, on NBC's first "SNF" broadcast of the 2013 NFL season. The opening theme will continue each week kicking off "Sunday Night Football" throughout the NFL season on NBC.

"Football Night in America," the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday, and AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts "Football Night" from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday night, and from NBC's famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk on NBCSN" and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli.

Michelle Beadle will host the concert portion of "NFL Kickoff 2013" on NBC. As part of the NFL's celebration, Big Machine Records recording artist and winner of season four of NBC's "The Voice," Danielle Bradberry will sing the National Anthem live from Denver.

In addition to the weekly "Sunday Night Football" and "Football Night in America" broadcasts, NBC Sports Group's NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Live Extra

For the sixth consecutive season, the entire "SNF" schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all "SNF" games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC's broadcast of "SNF," and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.

NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.

In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the "SNF" and "Football Night in America" teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

'Sunday Night Football' digital coverage

For the third straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of "Sunday Night Football." "SNF All-Access" includesexclusive photos and videos of the "SNF" production, look-ins on "SNF" production meetings, Tafoya "Ten With Tafoya" interviews with key NFL players, and a weekly notebook and conversations with "SNF" and "FNIA" talent.

Visit "SNF All-Access" at http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/.

'Sunday Night Football' bus

Beginning with the "Sunday Night Football" opener on Sept. 8, the "SNF" bus will travel to all 17 "SNF" games, arriving in each city two or three days prior to each game. The bus will make stops at local landmarks and events in each market before making its way to the game site for a full Sunday at the stadium, giving fans the opportunity to interact with America's most-watched primetime television show.

The "SNF" bus will incorporate exclusive activities and social media both inside and out. "SNF's" Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts along with the #SNF hashtag will be displayed on the exterior. Once on the bus, fans and visitors can tweet and post photos of themselves in the broadcast positions occupied by Michaels and Collinsworth from a mock "SNF" studio.

Also, along for the ride will be four "SNF" "Fans of the Week," chosen based on their social media activity, team pride and "SNF" fandom. In each home market, the "SNF" "Fans of the Week" will be given a VIP experience that includes a trip on the bus and game tickets.

Fans who can't visit in person can "Follow The Bus" when it hits the road at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF, which will include an interactive map, a behind-the-scenes look at the "SNF" crew and talent, plus content from the bus itself. Fans can also contribute to the map by uploading their own photos sharing and showing their "SNF" and team pride.

Fans can visit Facebook.com/SNFonNBC and twitter.com/SNFonNBC.

2013 'Sunday Night Football' schedule

Thurs. Sept. 5

NFL Kickoff

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Sun. Sept. 8

Week 1

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Sept. 15

Week 2

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Sun. Sept. 22

Week 3

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Sept. 29

Week 4

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons

Sun. Oct. 6

Week 5

Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers

Sun. Oct. 13

Week 6

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Oct. 20

Week 7

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Oct. 27

Week 8

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Sun. Nov. 3

Week 9

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Sun. Nov. 10

Week 10

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

*Sun. Nov. 17

Week 11

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

*Sun. Nov. 24

Week 12

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

**Thurs. Nov. 28

Week 13

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

*Sun. Dec. 1

Week 13

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

*Sun. Dec. 8

Week 14

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

*Sun. Dec. 15

Week 15

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

*Sun. Dec. 22

Week 16

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

*Sun. Dec. 29

Week 17

TBA

*Flex Week

**Thanksgiving Night Game

NBC Sports Group NFL weeks 1 and 2 coverage

Date

Time

Coverage

Network

Tues., Sept. 3

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Wed., Sept. 4

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Thurs., Sept. 5

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN


6:30 p.m.

Fantasy Football Live -- Thursday Night!

NBCSN


7:30 p.m.

NFL Kickoff 2013

NBC


8:30 p.m.

NFL Kickoff 2013: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

NBC

Fri., Sept. 6

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Sun., Sept. 8

7 p.m.

Football Night in America

NBC


8 p.m.

SNF:New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

NBC

Mon., Sept. 9

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Tues., Sept. 10

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Wed. Sept. 11

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN


6:30 p.m.

Fantasy Football Live

NBCSN


10 p.m.

NFL Turning Point

NBCSN

Thurs., Sept. 12

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Fri., Sept. 13

5:30 p.m.

Pro Football Talk

NBCSN

Sun., Sept. 15

7 p.m.

Football Night in America

NBC


8 p.m.

SNF:San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

NBC

*All times ET. Subject to change.

Follow "Sunday Night Football" on Twitter @SNFonNBC.

Follow NBC SportsTalk on Twitter @NBCSportsTalk.

Become a fan of "Sunday Night Football" on Facebook at: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC.

Visit "SNF All-Access" at http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/.

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